Good morning, dear tea friends! As we approach the 4th of July this week, I’m reading a great book about the birth of American independence, called Revolutionary Summer, purchased at the gift shop of our local national park, site of where it all began, the old North Bridge and “the shot heard round the world.” I’ve always been fascinated by American Revolutionary history, and how a group of passionate patriots rose up and joined together to create a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the pursuit of happiness. On to our tea…
My morning cup is a black tea from China, called Yunnan Black Needle Imperial.
As you can see, the large leaves and golden buds have been twisted into long, distinctive needle shapes. Plucked from the large-leafed tea trees that grow in Yunnan province, this lovely tea is a work of art.
I steeped the leaves for 5 minutes in boiling point (212F) water.
This tea is so smooth that you could try steeping the leaves for longer, if you like, or experiment with multiple steepings.
The liquor glows like newly polished copper.
Its aroma is warm and toasty with rich earthy hints.
The cup is smooth and sweet with notes of honey and toast and hints of spice that play along the edges of the flavor, whispering into the finish. This tea has a light and refined character, perfect for any time of day.
In 2 weeks, I’ll be away visiting family so my next tea post will be in 3 weeks. Until then, happy sipping!
“Is it not a saying of Moses, ‘Who am I, that I should go in and out before this great People?’ When I consider the great events which are passed, and those greater which are rapidly advancing, and that I may have been instrumental in touching some Springs, and turning some small Wheels, which have had and will have such Effects, I feel an Awe upon my Mind, which is not easily described.”
~John Adams to Abigail Adams, May 17, 1776